It’s Pinterest Monday again! Today I’m tackling a tip that’s been circulating with this lovely pic:
Is that picture weird or what? Seriously. It looks like Barbie meets Magilla Gorilla.
This is a pinterest dead-end, meaning a picture with no website attached, that carried the comment: “1Tbsp of iodine 2% 1Cup of baby oil Rub your hairy area with the mixture and let set for only 5 minutes. Then gently wipe away with a damp cloth. Viola!!!! NO MORE HAIR! — worth a shot”
I was skeptical of this tip, to say the least. But I dutifully went to the drugstore and purchased 2% iodine and baby oil.
In preparation for this experiment, I also grew my leg hair for a week. Is that dedication, or what?
(No. I did NOT take a picture of my hairy legs. The above image was gross enough, thanks.)
I mixed the two ingredients and put it on my legs, waited, and wiped it off per the instructions. Here are my observations:
Baby oil and iodine do not actually mix; it just makes oil with brown blobs in it.
Iodine stained my white sink with brown splotches.
My legs were still hairy.
My conclusion? DON’T try this. It is not “worth a shot.” I had to soak and scrub the sink like crazy to get that stuff off.
On a more positive note, another pinterest tip worked slightly better.
I had never heard of baby oil gel, but it was in the drugstore next to the regular baby oil I bought above.
This worked well, although the gel clogged my razor and did not just rinse off. The razor cleaned off easily enough with soap; however, I sliced my hand open washing it.
(Note to self: Don’t use your bare hands to wipe a sharp blade. Duh.)
And it did keep my legs smooth for an extra day or two. The above claim of a week with no stubble is just ridiculous.
Anyways, the moral of this story is: If you want to get rid of unwanted hair: JUST SHAVE IT OFF!
This is from a picture on pinterest that had no link attached, but claimed in the comments that you can darken your skin with cocoa powder.
Here are my legs.
Oh come on! Uncover your eyes; they aren’t THAT bad!
The original pin said: “2 tbs cocoa powder (depending in how tan you want to be.) + Any moisturizer + an empty bottle + mix it all together. Good for super light girls.”
At first I didn’t have any cocoa powder, so I tried coffee.
It seemed like a good idea at the time.
The interesting thing was, once I’d washed all the coffee grounds off, my legs were super smooth. I think it worked as an exfoliator or something. I even tried it on my face and it made my skin smoother there as well.
So I’d recommend the coffee trick.
As for the cocoa powder, I did finally get some and try it. On the plus side, it DID darken my legs somewhat.
Unfortunately, it also rubbed brown stuff everywhere (see the ankle smudge above). So it worked about the same as leg makeup I think.
In any case, the whole experiment gave me an excuse to put my feet up and take a bunch of pictures of my legs to show you.
This is a little but of a Pinterest Monday cheat, since I searched this recipe out on pinterest instead of finding it there originally.
But my neighbor told me her grandma used to make graham cracker cakes and it sounded delicious and fun. Plus my five year old daughter loves graham crackers with icing.
Well, mostly the icing part.
Basically you just spread icing on graham crackers in a stack to make the shape of a cake, and then let it set overnight in the fridge so it gets soft and cakelike.
We used cinnamon grahams and alternated layers with white icing and cinnamon flavored icing.
<<< Here’s Little Girl being in charge of the white icing.
Little Boy spread the cinnamon icing.
This is the first time I’ve ever used “Frosting Creations.”
I’ve seen it at the store and thought it was stupid to buy the icing and the flavoring separate. I mean, the icing WITH flavoring in it is the same price as the plain base icing, and it’s right next door on the shelf! Why would I pay double?
Well, call me a sucker because I bought it and it was really good.
The thing is, they have a huge variety of flavors to choose from, including CINNAMON ROLL.
Not that I did that, since I can’t plan ahead enough to print out a coupon in advance.
Anyways, going back to the cake… It turned out pretty well.
The only problem was, we didn’t want to let it set overnight. I mean, once the twins had frosted all those graham crackers (accompanied by me yelling DON’T LICK THE KNIFE! every five seconds), they really wanted to eat the cake.
The directions I read said to wait at least two hours.
We waited one hour.
It wasn’t long enough. The cake was still quite crunchy and crackerlike, not like a cake at all. And it fell apart when I cut it, even though I sliced it diagonally as I’d been instructed.
But still, the twins loved it, and so did the other kids we shared with.
After all, who doesn’t love a straight shot of sugar in the afternoon?
I pinned three different versions of this recipe over the course of the last six months.
I guess I like peanut butter and chocolate, huh?
Anyways, when I finally made it for my book club, this was delicious. I thought it might have been better as a cheesecake or brownie than as a cheese ball. I mean, why bother dipping stuff in it when you can just bite right into it, right?
Here’s the version I actually made:
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
8 oz cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup semi sweet mini chocolate chips
8oz pkg Reese’s peanut butter cup Minis
In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Whisk in the sugar and heat until sugar dissolves (about one minute). Remove from heat immediately add vanilla and allow to cool to room temperature (very important).
In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese with powdered sugar and peanut butter until creamy. On low, add in brown sugar mixture (that has cooled to room temperature). Mix until combined. Fold in mini chocolate chips and mini Reese’s cups. Serve immediately or store in refrigerator until ready to serve. Enjoy with pretzels, animal cracker and graham sticks.